09/23/2003 11:00PM

Beyond the Waves way overdue

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ELMONT, N.Y. - With a record of 2 for 22 and no wins since 2000, Beyond the Waves is overdue for a victory. The 6-year-old Beyond the Waves has a good chance to get that win in Friday's seventh race at Belmont, a second-level allowance.

The 1 1/4-mile turf race, which has a $50,000 purse, drew an evenly-matched field of nine, plus two main-track-only horses, Little Bonnet and Mary Goodnight.

Beyond the Waves, who finished second in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland in the spring, is looking for her first win since coming to the United States from France in 2002. She ran only once last year, finishing third in an allowance after an eight-month layoff.

This year, Beyond the Waves, who is trained by Jonathan Sheppard, has run several good races, including her last, which came Aug. 25 at Saratoga. In that race, Beyond the Waves came from out of the clouds to finish third as the favorite at this condition. At one point during the 1 3/16-mile race, Beyond the Waves was 19 lengths behind leaders. She was beaten 1 1/2 lengths by the winner, Dame Sylvieguilhem.

"She wasn't with happy with the ground; it was too firm," Sheppard said. "She kept trying because she is pretty gutsy. When she came here from France, they said she would like good to soft ground."

All her turf starts in this country have been on firm ground, but the turf might be more to Beyond the Wave's liking on Friday. The course was yielding for Wednesday's races and showers were in the forecast for Thursday evening.

Noisette won an allowance race at 10 furlongs here in June for trainer Bill Mott and then made the jump into graded company for her next start and finished eighth in the Lake Placid at Saratoga on Aug. 17.

Aztec Pearl and Miss Hellie will run as an entry for trainer Shug McGaughey. Both fillies should appreciate a bit of cut in the ground.

D'ohana, a group winner in Argentina, figures in the mix if you throw out two awful efforts in off-the-turf races. D'ohana is coupled in the wagering with Prima Creatura, who finished a narrowly beaten second in a 1 1/4-mile race here in July, but was awarded the victory after Belles Lettres was disqualified for interference.

Rainbows for All, a group winner in Ireland, gets Lasix for her American debut. Sonata Cosmos, the likely pacesetter, completes the field.